Castle: Season 2, Episode 2

The Double Down (28 Sep. 2009)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama
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Two murder victims are found prompting Castle and Beckett to bet against Esposito and Ryan to see who solves their case first.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alexis Castle (as Molly Quinn)
Jason Cosway
Evan Hinkle
Wesley Grovner
Brandy Rossi
Hal Rossi


At full moon, couples therapist Ashley Cosway (32) is found at home by her husband, who ignores who the second portion Chinese was for, shot and marked in bad English 'psycho, you're time is up, rapist'. In the park near his home, retired math teacher Frank Anderson is also found shot. Ashley's visitor was friend-lawyer Brandy Rossi, asked to explain how one gets a restraining order. She and husband have an alibi, so Castle looks into her patients and a rumor of marital trouble. His hurry because of a bet against Javier and Ryan which duo solves its crime first, despite abundant alibis, gets twisted when forensics indicate a mysterious link. Written by KGF Vissers

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Only episode with both Medical Examiners (Parrish & Perlmudder) to date (2015) See more »


Castle and Beckett intercept one of the suspects at the "9th and Broadway Building", with the building's name clearly marked. The two streets do not intersect in Manhattan. However, the 9th and Broadway Building is a well-known piece of Los Angeles architecture. See more »


Richard Castle: [the squad room is a complete zoo] What is it about full moons that bring out all the crazies?
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References Punk'd (2003) See more »


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A flimsy premise for flimsy plot
6 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What could have been an interesting episode- Ryan and Esposito getting a chance to work on their own case, outside Beckett's command- was utterly spoiled when it turns out the cases are connected. From that point it becomes clear that it's a Strangers on a Train plot, and Castle name-checking the movie doesn't excuse them for using it.

Also, the cases are linked because of diatoms found on both bodies unique to one body of salt water. That body of water winds up being a lake. I'd think a heck of a lot of people would be walking around with the lake diatoms on their bodies, making that connection incredibly flimsy. I understand New York is a big city, but it's like saying "Either both victims, both killers, or some combination of the two both passed by the same commonly accessible spot in some time prior to the murders. That can't be a coincidence!" It would've been better if they'd managed to find some other way to connect the cases, because that ruins it for me. A flimsy premise for a flimsy plot.

The 'full moon' scene at the opening feels incredibly out of place, because we never just watch them sit around the squad room. Maybe it's more common in other crime shows, but we don't get anything remotely close to this pandemonium in a typical episode, so it already feels like we've been transported to another precinct.

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